Novel Writing Course Online Review

Online Writing Course Review

Everyone has read the stories about John Grisham and Frederick Forsyth, two authors who wrote best sellers with their first novel. Enthusiastic writers point out that Grisham had no formal training and just wrote by the seat of his pants, without any form of novel writing course online to help him! Forsyth, on the hand, wrote his novel ‘Day of the Jackal‘ in 30 days and we all know the rest of the story. Here’s the rub folks – it ain’t going to happen! The market for new novels in all genres is incredibly crowded today, and a new author needs all the help he or she can get. Of course, you can go it alone, picking up all those free tips on Youtube, but a well-taught and structured approach to creative writing will lift you above the crowd fast. Statistics show that writer’s who successfully complete a professional online novel writing course are three times more likely to eventually publish a novel. It’s a fact that 3 or 4 students out of every 100 who enrol in the best writing workshops in New York or UK become published novelists. The problem is: We don’t all live in a city and real live writing creative writing classes are prohibitively expensive. For many people, a book writing course online is the answer and gives the best of both worlds. They are affordable and the best are taught by real authors. Not all online writing workshops are the same. Look for tutorials offered by published authors and industry professionals, preferably award-winners! Creative Writing Courses Online Presented By Holly Lisle Holly Lisle has a fine collection of book writing courses online and her credentials are about as good as they can get! According to her Wikipedia page, she ranks among the most prolific and successful authors who also excel at teaching their craft – a rare combination indeed. Writing professionally since 1991, her first novel FIRE IN THE MIST won the Compton Crook Award, which is presented in the category of Best First Novel. Since then, she has written and published over 30 books and incredibly, finds the time to create some of the best online writing workshops in general, and how to write novels in particular. The video below is an example of her teaching style. It’s infectious, fun and entertaining, while oozing with tips for improving your fiction writing at the basic level and […]

How To Write A Short Film Script – Tips

How To Write A Short Movie Script Fast

I posted two videos for this post, presenting ideas from two different kinds of movie professionals. The first delivers 10 tips for writing a short film script based on a budget of ‘zero’, or at least, very little. Mark Hertzler makes some very good points, the biggest one being the fact that, if you are the writer AND film-maker, then what you write is directly affected by your resources. Basically, you try to make do with whatever you have at hand and really cut down on the expenses. It sounds a bit lame, but some of the best award-winning short movies were made with a seriously short budget, so the process is not to be scoffed at. Interesting enough, although the second video is promoting a film writing course, it touches on the same points, namely, if your film script would be very costly for the producer, it won’t get made – period! Expensive casts of thousands, fantasy science fiction, weird costumes and exotic locations are out. I like the look of the course he proposes, but seriously – $47 a month for beginning writers is a bit too salty, at least in my view. By far the most interesting proposal I’ve seen for help with screenwriting comes form a script writer called James Lamberg and the course is called ‘Movie In A Month’. He’s the guy you’ve never heard of but is responsible for over 30 commercially successful movie scripts, and his testimonials are phenomenal. He’s also got he best guarantee on the net – write and sell a movie script within 12 months or your money back. ‘Nuff said. On with the next reel – 10 Tips For Writing A No-Budget Short Movie. Video Transcript: Hello and welcome to the debut episode of the screenwriters show. I’m your host Mark Hertzler. Now seeing as this at the very first episode, let me tell you a little bit about the show. Like you probably are yourself, I’m an aspiring screenwriter and I’ve written dozens of screenplays from shorts, feature-length, TV and everything in between. I’m also a film major at a CSU university. I’ve always been a fan of the film shows around YouTube and while some of these cover segments on screenwriting. There’s no one definitive channel for all your screenwriting needs and that is what I’m trying to set out to remedy. We’ll be doing regular episodes with screenwriting tutorials […]

How To Write A Novel Outline – Writing A Book Outline

How To Outline A Story Or Novel

For this post, I chose a video that explains how to outline a story. Some authors miss out on this important step and try to just write by the seat of their pants. It can work (John Grisham did it) but for most of us mere mortal writers, planning the structure of our novel with a clear outline is vital to it’s flow and success. How To Outline A Story – 3 Acts : 9 Blocks : 27 Chapters Hello – different kind of video today. This is a computer screen recording, so I didn’t have to brush my hair, and you guys don’t have to look at me. Win-win! I’m going to outline my NaNoWriMo novel later today and I wanted to do a quick run-through of my outlining process beforehand, so I don’t have to try to explain it whilst outlining. How To Outline A Story pdf I did a video like this last year that is called ‘9 blocks in the plot board’ or something along those lines and it goes over all this stuff. I wanted to do an updated, more coherent version so I made a slideshow presentation. Now I will talk you guys through the three-act, 9 block 27 chapter, outlining process that I’ve been using to outline all of my novels lately. I did not invent story structure and I make no claims that this is the best and/or only way to outline. This is one of many different methods and this method is still like a work in progress. If you want to use this 27 chapter structure, that would be awesome. I hope you let me know how it works for you and if you have any ideas for changes or refining certain points. Definitely let me know because, like I said, this is still a work in progress and I’m still trying to figure this thing out. So 3 act structure is the base of this. I like 3 act structure because it makes a lot of sense to me. You know, beginning, middle, end – straightforward. It’s also familiar because you know most things in life have a beginning, a middle and an end. In writing a three-act structure, the beginning, middle, and end translates into setup, conflict, resolution. The first act is setup, the second act is conflict, and the third act is resolution, but it also goes […]

Ideas For Writing A Book – Author’s Inspiration

How To Find Book Ideas

There’s oodles of advice on the internet and elsewhere about planning a novel’s structure and analysing everything from plot to characters,  but where does the original idea for writing a book come from? Does it arrive in a flash of inspiration or the result of hard work and brainstorming? By all accounts, it seems to be a combination of both – this is the real world folks, nothing is black or white! The good news is that the process doesn’t have to be one way or the other. The craft of writing adapts nicely to every author’s whim. Personally, I think the first seed of the idea does indeed come in a flash, which is then finely tuned by asking those ‘what if’ questions around that first basic scrap of inspiration. A famous author once said: ‘Inspiration is for amateurs. Professionals get to work!’ It sounds a bit brutal, but that’s about the size of it. Once you think about a possible idea that just might grow into a great book, you need to work on it, organise your thoughts and approach it like a boss. How To Get Ideas For Writing A Book – One Author’s Perspective Alice Ozeman Video transcript: Hello everyone. I’ve decided as some of you may know to start a little series on my Youtube channel called ‘How to write a book’, (remembering that there isn’t one way to write a book) and essentially everything I say you can actually ignore, because you can just do what you want! I get a lot of questions about writing books because I’m an author. I’ve written two books. I got published and I was quite young, and people starting writing, just want a bit of advice and I thought I could just address like every little part of writing a book in just a series of videos. A simple series of videos definitely not, so when I keep getting asked the same questions I can just link them to videos instead of having to explain the same thing over and over again. On Tumblr a question I get asked a lot is ‘how do I come up with ideas?’ and that’s like the very first point you will be at before starting a book, especially if you want to write a book but you just don’t have an idea. I mean, sometimes you have the idea at first […]

Help Writing A Book For Beginners & Beyond

Help In Book Writing

With the best will in the world, writing a book is hard. No, let me re-phrase that – writing a good book that’s worth publishing is hard. Writing is easy. Anyone can write and that is a problem with the industry at the moment. Millions of average books are appearing every week due to the ease of self-publishing. A good idea is to get help writing a book from people who have done it before. There are loads of books to help with writing a book and these can be a boon, but the good coaching can make or break your authoring aspirations. Lisa Tener has helped many authors, coaching some of them to five and six figure publishing deals (check out the testimonials on her web site.) We tend to shy away from seeking help in writing, but it is out there – and a lot of it for free! Of course, it has to be said that a lot of care should be taken by checking the credentials of the advice givers, but ,many luminaries, such as John Grisham, offer insights into their writing process. One problem is that, while a basic process and structure is beneficial to new authors looking for help in writing a book, we are all individuals and don’t work in the same way. This is one reason why the best coaching and instructional writing courses focus on your personal strengths and weaknesses. In the video below, Evan Carmichael outlines the process he uses for writing, publishing and marketing a book. Need Help Writing A Book? It Happens All The Time Video Transcript: Hello, Believe Nation! My name is Evan Carmichael! My one word is believe, and I believe that entrepreneurs will solve all the of the world’s major problems. So, to help you on your journey, today, I’m going to talk about seven ways to write a book for beginners. (electronic music) So, I launched my first book with Penguin Random House in December of last year. I’m in the process of writing my second book, and I have the first draft, just finished! I’m super excited about that. And I’ve been gettin’ a lot of questions, from you guys, asking me about the process. How do I write a book, what does it look like? How do I make sure that my book is a success, comin’ out of the gate? And so, today, […]

How To Write A Novel Step By Step

Step by step novel writing guide

For a new author, writing a novel is similar to climbing a mountain. It’s worthwhile asking yourself how you might do that, if you had to? Like all large projects, it needs to be done in a structured way, if the project is to be completed. Novel writing is a step by step process, and although formulae exist, there is sufficient flexibility to cater for an author’s particular tastes and way of working. Some authors are ‘Pantsers’, so called because they like to fly by the seat of their pants, using the flow of consciousness to create the story. This can (and does!) work, but for most of use a step by step novel writing template or guide is absolutely invaluable. The two videos below show that professional authors rely heavily on structure and planning, but that doesn’t mean that the step by step approach is a straight-jacket to creativity. Each author adapts the way that they outline a novel to suit their own needs and working style. Step By Step Guide To Writing A Novel – Melanie Anne Phillips How To Write A Novel Step By Step PDF Melanie Phillips Video Transcript: Hi I’m Melanie Anne Phillips, author of ‘Write Your Novel Step by Step‘ and this video series is intended as a companion piece to the book, so that step by step we’re a little more conversational, bring in a little more contextual information and help you get from concept to completion of your novel. So step one describes what’s different about this system. Now what’s different is that instead of looking at with the story needs, it looks at what you the author need. In other words, what is motivating you to write in the first place? What interests you in the story? Why did you decide you wanted to write a novel. Maybe it’s just a piece of dialogue that you will have running around in your head. Maybe it’s a setting or a genre that you’ve always liked to to read and wanted to write in. Maybe it’s a character that you’ve developed that you’d really like to see what they were doing in certain situations. Whatever the reason that you’re wanting to write your novel, we focus on what’s motivating you and that becomes step one, inspiration. So inspiration in the first stage is what are all the ideas that you have bopping around […]

Writing A Movie Script

Writing a movie script

This is the second video from Dr Allen, Film Studies Professor, Pittsburgh, PA, where he explains the last 5 of his 10 principles of writing a movie script. You can see the first video here. Number six – this is something where it’s almost like icing on the cake. You want to ground each scene through things that you add that are relatable, quirky and unique to your own voice. These are those little touches that go beyond cliche, that go beyond the work of an amateur and that add just that special something, that special detail that separates you from an average writer and shows evidence of you being a great writer. So an example of that would be the dialogue scene between Jules and Vinnie Vega in Pulp Fiction. They’re talking about a Royale with cheese and what things are called in Europe versus America and it’s a it’s a very quirky scene. It’s also a scene that’s unique in Tarantino’s voice, because the year before with Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino got to go to the Khans Film Festival and he got to go to Europe. While he was there clearly he made certain observations about these fast-food joints and about where you could take up here in a movie theater, and where you could get drugs and things like that. These details then spill over into the dialogue between Vincent Vega and Jules, between John Travolta and Samuel Jackson. How To Start Writing A Movie Script Step By Step These are quirky details that ground the scene, that make these characters more realistic, more relatable and it gives an edge of believability and uniqueness to Tarantino’s writing. That John Travolta and Samuel Jackson would both be nominated for Oscars for their performance is just another indicator that these subtle touches took Tarantino’s writing of Pulp Fiction from being average to extraordinary. If you do these things in your own writing, add those little details that personalize it that that somehow put your own touch, whether it’s a note about how a character dresses or a note about just those little things, that you observe in your day-to-day life – it has to be something that only you can put in. It can’t be something that you got from somebody else or something that you’re copying. It has to be unique observations that you’ve made yourself. After all […]

How To Write A Script For A Short Film – Screenplay Tips

How to write a script for a short film template

Like many novel writers, I often find myself thinking in terms of moving images. I visualise my story and play a short movie in my head – so why not write the story in the form of a short film instead? The format isn’t like writing a novel. Show, not tell is obviously more important, and there are also certain formatting rules that have to be strictly followed. After deciding to outline a screenplay for an idea I had for a short movie, I researched the internet for ‘how to’ articles and videos about writing movie scripts. Normally, I go for free resources, and as they say, ‘you pay your price and take your chance! I have natural aversion to paying for script writing courses … … when there’s so much free advice on the internet, until I came across ‘Movie In A Month’, a DVD course put together by James Lamberg. If you’ve never heard of him, it’s because he has mostly ghost-written over 30 commercially successful movies for USA and UK audiences. Apart from the fact that the course is sent by physical DVD (quite rare nowadays) the testimonials from professionals are an eye-opener. I guess the lessons are DVD based because of the amazing guarantee that comes with the package, which I’ll get into right now. In short, I have never seen such an impressive guarantee for any product offered on the internet. Basically, James promises that you will sell a movie script within a year of taking the course! If not, simply return the DVD in good conditions and get refunded 100%. That’s not all. As well as showing you how to write a movie script fast, guidelines are given for submitting it in the right format, and even who to send it too to ensure it gets noticed. Check it out below and oh, by the way – it’s perfect for beginners who know nothing about the industry. How To Write A Script For A Short Film – Josh’s Tips Video Transcript: Hey guys what’s up? It’s Josh WRD here bringing you a brand new video. Today is episode 2 of ‘How to make a short film’. This episode we are talking to you guys about script writing tips and tricks, and some inspirational links and just places that I found that have really helped me write my first scripts. I spent the last like four […]

Online Script Writing Course

Online script writing course info

Okay, week one introduction to screenwriting. Hello my name is Jane Pugh and I will be your tutor for the online script writing unit study block – I really hope you enjoy the course. Our first week’s work is threefold. In part one we will discuss what is script writing, what does the script writers do, and how do they do it. Finding ideas and choosing your subject. Research and where inspiration comes from. In part two of this week’s session you will begin to write and develop a portfolio of ideas. In part three we will look at the major theorists and the Guru’s who claim they can help you write your script, plus useful websites and inspiring information. For this session you will need a notepad and pen. There are a total of four exercises I would like you to complete. One is ongoing . You can either listen to the lecture in full and then completely exercises, or pause the lecture to complete the exercises as you as you go along. https://youtu.be/Vmak0TZzs-sVideo can’t be loaded: Week 1: Screenwriting – Introduction to Screenwriting (https://youtu.be/Vmak0TZzs-s) Online Script Writing Course – Screenplay Mastery So let’s begin at the beginning with the idea. We have a voracious appetite for stories in all forms because we aren’t, we are trying to understand ourselves and the world around us. Writers and their stories help us on that journey. So what does a scriptwriter do? The script writer writes feature film scripts and scripts for television drama. As well as online content, the script writer must generate generate ideas that are fit for the marketplace. They want interest a producer or a broadcaster in the first instance and will capture the imagination of the audience in the second. The ability to generate ideas is akin to the nonfiction industry, where ideas are considered first and only when the idea is accepted and commissioned does the actual script writing begin. So a script writer generates ideas. It is therefore well worth keeping abreast of current trends, spotting gaps in the market and creating new areas of interest. This applies to all types of screenwriter, whether they are generating original work or writing for an existing television drama series. It is important for you as a screenwriter to know the business side of the film and television industry, so I want to spend a short time […]

Screenwriting Workshops Online – Writing Screenplays

Screenwriting workshops

Today we’re going to talk about 5 of my 10 principles for great screenwriting. For me screenwriting is kind of like a seduction, where you’re trying to lure your audience in and persuade them to a certain point of view. You get them to like certain characters and you get them to sympathise with your perspective storytelling is like a trance. It goes back to the ancient times when people would sit around campfires and tell stories.   There’s something about storytelling that mesmerises us, that we get obsessed with something about hearing a great story that requires our entire concentration. We forget about everything else and become mesmerised with the narrative, with the situations, with the characters – almost as if what we’re hearing is real. It’s like a trance, a trance that lulls us to sleep or a trance that lulls us into the perspective that the storyteller wants us to buy into. Best Screenwriting Workshops – Five Principles Of Great Screenwriting This can be a good thing but this can also be a bad thing, depending on what it is the storyteller is trying to say. With these ten principles I’m going to teach you how the Masters have woven their stories, their narratives and hopefully you’ll be able to do the same. Number one – make your characters likable. The more likeable your main character, is the more likeable your story is. If you do a test and you write down your five favorite movie characters of all time, then you write down your five favorite movies of all time, without fail I guarantee you that there’s going to be a tremendous overlap. Chances are your five favorite characters, maybe not all of them, but the majority of them, are going to correlate with your five favorite films. Because essentially what a film is doing is selling us a character. Therefore it’s essential that if you’re going to make a great screenplay a great film, you’ve got to center it around a great central character. The more engaging your protagonist is going to be, the more engaging your story is going to be. Number two – give your story /script a strong re-watch or re-read factor. The great stories are classics not just because they’re great stories. They’re classics because they last and why do they last? They last because they have a strong re-watch re-read […]